A high-profile case involving two top executives of Swedish oil company Lundin Energy has sparked hopes that at last, companies involved in the extractive industries could be forced to respect human rights in the areas in which they operate.
In 2011, the southern part of Sudan in which the human rights abuses are alleged to have occurred became the independent republic of South Sudan.
“It’s first of all fantastic news for the many victims of the crimes,” said.
“Also, the international legal importance is already there but will mostly depend on the proceedings; in case of a conviction the trial will set new and higher international standards for business conduct in violent and other high-risk conditions,” he [Wesselink] told Crux.
Such fights are won and it is often the small actions we take in raising our voices that help it get there. FVC
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